Real Madrid vs Manchester United Predictions

Real Madrid vs Manchester United predictions for this friendly pre-season game that will be played on Wednesday evening at the NRG Stadium in Texas. Who will win this high-value friendly affair? Read on for all our free betting tips and predictions.

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Real Madrid vs Manchester United Predictions



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A Clash of Titans

Key Stats
– Real Madrid scored an average of 2.0 goals per game in the 2022/23 La Liga season.
– Manchester United have yet to concede a goal in their pre-season campaign.
– Federico Valverde has started his pre-season with a brace, indicating a boost in his scoring form for Real Madrid.

As the anticipation for the new season builds, two titans of European football, Real Madrid and Manchester United, prepare to face off in an intriguing pre-season encounter at the NRG Stadium in Texas. Both sides are aiming to maintain their perfect start to their pre-season campaigns in what promises to be a captivating spectacle.

Glancing Back

This encounter recalls memories from August 2018 when these two powerhouses last met, resulting in a 2-1 triumph for the Red Devils, with goals scored by Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera. However, Los Blancos are far from deflated as they kicked off their pre-season in style, rallying back from a 2-goal deficit to beat Italian heavyweights AC Milan 3-2 in their opening encounter.


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This spirited comeback, orchestrated by a brace from Federico Valverde and a decisive strike from Vinicius Junior, bodes well for Madrid, who are experimenting with life after their Ballon d’Or winner and star striker, Karim Benzema. The Italian manager, Carlo Ancelotti, debuted his 4-4-2 diamond formation in this match and witnessed a positive outcome, particularly praising the contribution of new acquisition Jude Bellingham.

Madrid’s Motivations

While Real Madrid ended last season with silverware including the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup, they fell short in La Liga and the Champions League. This season, Ancelotti has set his sights on mounting an all-out assault on all fronts. Regardless of the rumoured links to marquee names like Kylian Mbappe, Real’s focus is to fortify their strengths and improve on their weaknesses.

United’s Uplift

On the other side, Manchester United are also basking in the glow of their pre-season form. Under the stewardship of Erik ten Hag, they have secured three straight victories without conceding a goal against Leeds United, Lyon, and Arsenal. Ten Hag’s vision is to transform United into a “pressing machine” while also cultivating their young talents, setting high standards for upcoming players like Kobbie Mainoo.

Building on the last season’s third-place finish in the Premier League and ending a six-year trophy drought by lifting the EFL Cup, the Red Devils are highly motivated for the new season. Despite the defeat in the FA Cup final and a quarter-final exit in the Europa League, Ten Hag’s men seem well-prepared for the upcoming challenges.

Predictions and Justifications

1. Match Outcome: Draw

The two European powerhouses, Real Madrid and Manchester United, enter this friendly match riding on strong preseason form. Manchester United, under the direction of manager Erik ten Hag, have demonstrated a defensive prowess in their preseason fixtures, keeping clean sheets in all three matches so far. Their well-organised, aggressive pressing game has proven challenging for opponents to breach. On the other hand, Real Madrid, led by Carlo Ancelotti, showcased their resilience and attacking firepower in the remarkable comeback against AC Milan, turning a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 win.

Yet, a closer look at Real Madrid’s 2022/23 season statistics suggests a proclivity for sharing points. With an average of two goals per game and conceding 0.9 goals per match, it indicates that they often find themselves in balanced match situations. Additionally, their ball possession of 61.2% suggests a significant amount of control during their games, but it doesn’t always convert to victories. As the teams lock horns at the NRG Stadium, we anticipate a highly competitive match. Given the attacking prowess and resilient defensive setups of both sides, a draw seems a plausible outcome.

2. Correct Score: 2-2

In the past, encounters between these two teams have resulted in high-scoring affairs, and this match promises to be no different. Real Madrid, with their robust attacking arsenal, has demonstrated the capacity to rack up the goals. Their comeback from a two-goal deficit against AC Milan showed their attacking versatility and relentlessness. On the other hand, Manchester United’s preseason form indicates a solid attacking setup, having scored multiple goals in each match, including a 2-0 win against Arsenal.

With Real Madrid’s attacking players, Vinícius Júnior and Federico Valverde, in good scoring form and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho leading the charge, we can expect both teams to find the net. However, considering Manchester United’s defensive form in the preseason and Real Madrid’s capacity to recover from adverse situations, a score draw, specifically a 2-2 finish, is a likely result.

3. Goalscorer: Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho, the newly-appointed captain of Manchester United, is a prime candidate to score in the upcoming friendly. The English international has been in sensational form, providing a strong offensive presence for United. He has already made his mark in preseason, scoring in the 2-0 win over Arsenal, and his performances have generally been well-rounded and dynamic.

In his role as a potential makeshift striker for United, given the club’s search for a new centre-forward, he will have even more opportunities to find the net. Sancho’s speed, skill, and precise finishing make him a formidable threat to any defence, including that of Real Madrid. Considering his current form, the anticipation of him becoming the first goalscorer is particularly high. Despite the friendly nature of the match, Sancho’s thirst for goal, combined with ten Hag’s aggressive playing style, offers a promising setup for him to score at least once in this encounter.



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